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The Ideal Non-fiction Curriculum
Do your students with an intellectual disability have trouble with reading comprehension and communicating with others? Aside from their disability, the research tells us their biggest issue is lack of background knowledge, which is needed to make sense of all new information. Students with an intellectual disability lack significant knowledge on a myriad of topics, which limits their understanding of reading material, conversations, and movies. It impacts all aspects of their lives. Our curriculum directly addresses this HUGE problem. By using our curriculum, you will change students’ lives. They will learn all sorts of things. They will have a better understanding of the world, better communication skills, and a more meaningful life.
Creating research-based curriculum aligned to common core standards is time-consuming and challenging. Our custom-designed lesson plans show you how to use Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) to address the cognitive impairments of students with an intellectual disability. We love creating this material and have spent the last few years designing units using best practices to make this easy for you. We have created books, lesson plans, printable assignments, flashcards, PowerPoint presentations and more. The very best part, is that you will lead your students with disabilities toward developing to their fullest potential.
Our curriculum is accompanied by the use of Specially Designed Instruction (SDI). Our custom-designed lesson plans address the flexibility required to effectively support students and accelerate student learning.
Non-fiction curriculum studied at a comprehensible level builds background knowledge. Prior knowledge is needed in order to make sense of reading, discussions, movies, etc. Non-fiction curriculum bridges the gap.
Our curriculum utilizes Problem-Based Learning to support the development of complex concepts. This is essential for understanding and generalizing conceptual ideas, which students with disabilities struggle with.
Specially Designed Instruction
With this license, you will have immediate access to all of our materials. This includes not only the dozens of units we currently have, but every new unit we design and add to the curriculum. In addition, you receive current events units on a regular basis, which makes this curriculum dynamic. Self-determination and life skills curriculum are embedded in many of the units.
We not only provide the curriculum, but we make sure that you know how to teach it. Our custom-designed lesson plans utilize Specially Designed Instruction to best meet the needs of the students you are working with.
Special Education Teachers
Providing modified curriculum for students on your caseload has never been easier. Because you have access to all units you are able to select the appropriate units for your class to study and units that support students on your caseload in general education classroom settings. The door is wide open!
Because of the strong focus on language and content development at a comprehensible level, our curriculum is the IDEAL supplemental material for sheltered language instruction. It can be used to build prior knowledge for an upcoming unit and/or used in tutoring programs. (350-650 Lexile)
Work on speech and language goals while teaching grade-level content. In addition to being able to select units on topics that your students are studying, we also have high-interest units on pop stars and other exciting topics. The curriculum also incorporates self-determination topics which are crucial for transitioning and overall independence.
Whether you are home schooling or supplementing your child’s education, this non-fiction curriculum builds background knowledge on a variety of subjects, and develops speech and language. The curriculum also develops self-determination which is crucial for transitioning and overall independence.
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Problem Based Learning
- Consistently building new vocabulary and knowledge
- Recognizing opportunities to say something
- Thinking of something to say
- Understanding the purpose of asking questions is to learn more
- How to think through what they want to know more about
- Understanding concepts
- Understanding what is being asked
- Answering questions accurately
Who Can Use a License?
A license is to be used by one teacher / therapist / parent.
The materials on this website are made available to individuals for use in classroom or individual instruction. For these purposes only, materials can be downloaded, printed and/or copied by the individual for all of their students or clients. Use by more than one individual will require a license for each person.
We do monitor the number of “hits” associated with each subscription, and excessive use can result in an account suspension.
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My class read “Hurricane Irma,” “Earthquake in Mexico” and “Take a Knee”.
I was totally blown away by the Austin and Lily “Exceptional News” books. The format is so different than anything I have seen offered elsewhere. It is exactly what a self-contained class with intellectually disabled students of all ranges and abilities can actually use.
After watching the tutorial overview, the visual on how to fold the book and reading the teacher notes, I was eager to start. I liked the teacher’s notes because they aren’t strictly scripted but there are enough ideas to get talking points flowing.
One of my weaknesses as a teacher is that I don’t cover information in a lot of different ways with enough repetition. By following the teaching suggestions, I was able to slow down and stay on one article for the entire week! The four levels served me well within one class. I really enjoyed using this with my class. Most of them had heard about the topics of all three articles. Reading the books on the smartboard with the pictures really initiated a lot of discussion out of my usually silent class. When I showed an actual hurricane and earthquake happening on You Tube, all of my students were engaged and talking. Talk about high interest!
It made me feel good and I felt like my students got a lot out the articles. I can see a lot of thought and work went into each article. Most of my day is teaching math and I really looked forward to reading with my students on current events that are wonderfully age appropriate! Thank you,
When you purchase any materials from Austin & Lily, you’ll also get our promise that you’ll love what we have to offer.
In fact, if you’re not 100% satisfied after 30 days of using our materials, you can contact our support team for a full refund – no questions asked.
But we’re confident that it won’t come to that because by 30 days in, you’ll be on your way to empowering your students to achieve their full learning potential.